Women who don't have mammograms may have various reasons why they skip the test, according to a study, including fearing the pain they may experience and being too busy.
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente looked at data on 340 women who completed a survey about breast cancer screenings. Almost a quarter of the women said that "too much pain" was an obstacle to getting a mammogram. Obese women were more likely than non-obese women to say that pain was a barrier to getting tested.
Feeling embarrassed about having a mammogram was another reason women didn't go, although obese women weren't more likely to mention that as a factor than were non-obese women.
Younger women reported they were too busy to get a mammogram compared with older women, and younger women also worried more about the accuracy of the test as well as unnecessary surgery that might result.